Peace Environment and Tourism Conference


  1. Description

2011-09-20 - 2011-09-20

Pokhara

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Introduction

Tourism is important not only for economic development, but also for fostering brotherhood among different societies, cultures and nations. Above all, tourism is important in building peace through cross-cultural and social harmony. However, peace is also a pre-condition for the development and growth in tourism sector. Growth-led economic development model has caused tremendous pressure on the finite natural resources, leading to alarming rate of environmental deterioration in the world. The unequal access to resources, including natural resources, and the unequal distribution of the fruits of economic development combined with the burden of environmental damages to the level of crisis in some cases have been the underlying causes of many of the conflicts around the world. Thus, peace and environment have intricate relationship and tourism is both an instrument and the fall-out casualty of peace. Further, the changing natural environment, more recently the climate change, has added one more dimension in this complex equation between environment, peace and tourism.

Global Peace Association (GPA) and Himalayan Alliance for Climate Change (HIMCCA) have teamed up with Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR), Ministry of Environment (MoEnv), Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) of Government of Nepal, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to organize a “Peace, Environment and Tourism” conference on 20-21 September, 2011 in Pokhara, Nepal. The conference of this type is being organized for the first time in Nepal, and is expected to facilitate direct interaction and exchanges among the whole spectrum of the stakeholders.

General objectives

The conference aims to bring together the knowledge, experience and the practices in these three seemingly diverse but closely interrelated areas, and to allow researchers, practitioners, policy makers, planners, government agencies, international development agencies, civil society organizations and entrepreneurs to develop common understanding and to come up with appropriate policy measures and methodologies in order to manage these sectors for the benefit to all.

Specific objectives

  • Develop and advocate for innovative policies for sustainable peace and development
  • Explore new paradigm of tourism development and environmental management for global peace
  • Promote environmental sustainability at local, national, regional and global levels
  • Discuss on the specific opportunities and challenges to tourism development
  • Explore the new prospective of social entrepreneurship in tourism
  • Promote ethical and innovative entrepreneurs
  • Encourage corporate social responsibilities

Special features of the Conference

  • Focus, for the first time in Nepalese context, on the inter-relationship among sustainable peace, environmental integrity and tourism
  • Participation of national and international dignitaries and well-known personalities in the conference, with representation from governmental, non-governmental and business organizations and civil society
  • Presentation from researchers, academics, policy and decision makers of the recent findings and thoughts on the issues to be covered by the conference themes
  • A unique platform for people from various fields to meet and discuss together for translating knowledge into action through public policies, enterpreneurship and leadership
  • The event being organized in Pokhara, a touristic hub with endless amazing features, will introduce it to the world